Girls split first two games

New Prague’s Leah Bissell moves the ball downfield during the Trojans’ loss to Mankato East Thursday, Aug. 22. To see more photos click on the Blue Button. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

The New Prague Trojans split a pair of games to open their 2013 girls soccer season last week. New Prague lost to Mankato East 1-0 on Thursday, Aug. 22, then bounced back for a 3-0 win over Faribault on Friday, Aug. 23.

            The Trojans are scheduled to play at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at New Ulm, then at Mankato Loyola at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. They will return to Mankato for a 5 p.m. game against Mankato West on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Cougars 1, Trojans 0

            The girls opened their season at home against a tough Mankato East squad, with the Cougars claiming a 1-0 win.

            Mankato East is figured to be one of the top teams in Section 2A, and the Trojans were able to play tight with them the entire way. 

            Plagued by some early season injuries, the Trojans couldn't get a whole lot of offense going, but defensively played very well and neither team was able to mount much of an offensive threat.

            Senior Rachel Haecherl played very well defensively along with Junior Mallory Applegate.  Overall the Trojans showed a lot of promise for the upcoming season.

            “Defense will be key all year, and this game showed that if the girls can play defense they will be in every game in the section this year,” coach Steve Kehrli said.

            Senior Captain Liza Niedermayer was a leader on the field as well, playing solid defense and helping control the middle of the field. 

            “Altogether there were a lot of positives that could be pulled out of this game,” Kehrli said. “We will look to build off of the good defensive start to the season.”

Trojans 3, Falcons 0

            The Trojans notched their first victory of the season with a 3-0 win over Faribault.  

            Even after winning a program-high seven games last season, this was the largest margin of victory for the girls program in its four-plus year history.  

            The scoring started in the 24th minute with a beautifully placed free kick by Monica Kuehl into the box. The ball was deflected by Sheriden Guerrette who got the assist, and finished by Michaela Emond into the back of the net.  

            New Prague controlled possession for most of the first half, but did not find the back of the net again until 17 minutes into the second half when Niedermayer took a great pass from Kuehl inside of the box and put it in the back of the net.  

            The scoring finished in the 65th minute when Jessie Emond found Kuehl with a pass just outside the goal area. Kuehl put a great shot over the keeper and under the bar for the 3-0 final.  

            Faribault stayed tough and was able to put on some pressure during the last 15 minutes, but a stingy defense and good goal keeping enabled the girls and goalkeeper Ally Kubes to get the shutout.